Gareth is the youngest and the last of the unfortunate lords of Skai. Called home from a lonely exile, he finds his father fallen into shadow. And worse.
For the Maedun conquest of Gareth's homeland is complete. The standing stones are silent, their webs of magic torn asunder. The Rune Blade called Bane has been lost forever to dark sorcery, and the somber riders rule the islands that were once home to Gareth's people.
About the Author
Ann Marston has worked as a teacher, a flight instructor, an airline pilot, airport manager and literacy coordinator, and several other odd and assorted careers in between. While maintaining this weird schedule, she has also been writing most of her adult life.
Together with her friend Barb Galler-Smith, she teaches writing fantasy at Grant McEwan University in Edmonton, and mentors up-and-coming writers in a writers' group that grew out of the writing classes. She lives in Edmonton with her daughter and their floppy eared dog.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. This was an enjoyable read with well-developed characters and a storyline that flows well. I did find it lacking a little suspense, some of it was predictable. And while this is not the first book in the series, it would help to read the previous books you don't need to. I look forward to more books from this author.
Ann Marston has the ability to create with words places I could see with my mind and might like to visit. The locations in this book remind me of a place similar to Scotland but a place filled with dark and light magic, lost kingdoms, princes and wizards. Gareth is the son of a king in exile who is called home from his foster home when his father becomes ill. He goes on a quest to find a healer for his father and Bane, his father’s rune sword lost in battle twenty years before. There is a bit of romance, some healing, some magical situations to deal with and in the end I was happy to have read this book and would read more by the author. I was gifted this ARC through Library Thing and am thankful it came my way.
It had been several years since I had read Ann Marston's 'Rune Blade' trilogy, and returning to that world in 'Cloudbearer's Shadow' couldn't have been any better! This book is outstanding, definately a must for a fan of fantasy who has gotten a little tired of the same old magic, and the same old culture of medieval europe. Marston masterfully brings the scottish culture and melds it with pagan/Wiccan magical tradition to capture the imagination. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy, and a good story!